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This is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek conclusion, but a pattern of poor TV viewership has followed the third hour of the February 22 Raw.
A more realistic conclusion is a glut of wrestling available, especially this week following the Fast Lane PPV, and increased TV competition from non-wrestling programming.
Ever since the first two hours of Raw, the following has happened…
– On Monday, Raw’s third hour drew 3.396 million viewers, a fall of 16.3 percent from the second hour – an all-time record 2H to 3H drop.
– On Tuesday, Total Divas fell for the fifth consecutive week to 777,000 viewers, nearly the least-watched episode in the show’s history. The low-point was 750,000 viewers on May 11, 2014.
– On Tuesday, TNA Impact fell 17.5 percent to a season-low 297,000 combined viewers – for a Lockdown themed episode featuring a promoted TNA Hvt. Title match.
– On Wednesday, Lucha Underground fell 21.1 percent to a season-low 161,000 combined viewers.
– On Thursday, WWE Smackdown after Fast Lane fell to 2.395 million viewers, nearly a season low.